There are two events at the City Trail Loppet: 10 Mile and 10K. Both the 10 Mile and the 10K start in downtown Robbinsdale, pass through Sochackie Park and Mary Hills Nature Center, go under Golden Valley Road/Duluth Street, past the 45th parallel, through Theodore Wirth Park, and under Highway 55. From there the courses diverge – with the 10K heading southeast through Bryn Mawr Meadows and the 10 Mile heading to trails in the Chain of Lakes area and Cedar Lake Park. The two courses re-converge in the Cedar Lake Trail area before heading under Interstate 394 and into the Kenwood neighborhood.
To alleviate congestion and make for a better experience, the 10 Mile and 10K races are broken up into waves, with each wave starting five minutes apart. The waves are released fastest to slowest. Runners self-select into their wave of choice during registration – but don’t worry, your choice of wave does not affect your choice of beer after the race.
All 10 Mile and 10K finishers receive a technical shirt and a coupon for a Surly beer at the end of the race.
The City Trail Loppet events features chip timing. All runners must wear their chip throughout the race but must turn the chip in after the race. Chip timing will mean faster and more accurate results!
10 Mile Wave Starts:
- Wave 1 – Runners who generally finish the City Trail Loppet 10 Mile in 1:24 or under; or generally finish a road ten miler in about 1:18 or under.
- Wave 2 – Runners who are not out to set a course record, but they like having some elbow room on the trails. Wave 2 runners generally finish the City Trail Loppet between 1:24 and 1:34, or generally finish a road 10 miler between 1:18 and 1:29.
- Wave 3 – Runners who are out to forget their troubles for the day. They may need to drown their sorrows after the race. Wave 3 runners generally finish the City Trail Loppet between 1:34 and 1:46, or generally finish a road ten miler between 1:29 and 1:40.
- Wave 4 – Wave 4 runners are just out to enjoy the day and generally finish the City Trail Loppet in over 2:00, or generally finish a road ten miler in over 1:56.
10K Wave Starts:
- Wave 1 – Runners in this wave are fast on their feet and can likely can put down a beer quickly when the running is done. These runners generally finish the City Trail Loppet 10K between 39 minutes and 60 minutes, or a normal 10K in under 55 minutes.
- Wave 2 – Runners in this wave are mix of those who are not sure if they will finish and those who are more focused on the beer at the finish line. Wave 2 runners generally finish the City Trail Loppet 10K between 60 minutes and 1:10 or a road 10K between 55 minutes and 1:04.
- Wave 3 – Runners in this wave are just out to enjoy the run. They tend to see the sites as they cross through the course. These runners generally finish the City Trail Loppet 10K in over 1:10, or a road 10K in over 1:04.